Stains on Fabrics
Stains on fabrics are unfortunately inevitable. Even using protective stain guards you will still end of with some type of stain at some point. So much of our furnit
ure is made with fabric, mainly because of the comfort and colour availabilities. We love fabric because it is so versatile. Our sofa and chairs will get stains from normal everyday use. Our drapes are less likely, but still any fabric piece is a dirt and stain magnet. Most have fabric on our dining chairs, which will attract the most stains mainly because we eat at the table with them. So the dining chairs will have food and beverage stains. A good fabric protectant on your sofa will help, but without wiping all stains right away will make them more difficult to remove at a later time. A simple step to add to our regular cleaning routine would be to take a damp cloth with water only and wipe down your sofa and other fabric furniture completely.
Sofas are Particularly Common Places for Stains
Our sofas tend to attract the most stains, as we view them as the most welcomed seat in the room. Most of your guest will flow to your sofa or loveseats instead of your single chairs. Your sofa is usually used by your family members for lounging and watching television or just relaxing. We spill simple things like coffee or cold drinks unintentionally. In the family room stains will become more evident from more use.
Cushions… a quick solution!
For a quick and temporary resolution to a new spotted stain are cushions. Take your throw pillows and strategically hide any stains when surprise guest arrive, here are some great ideas: www.simplycushions.com.au. There are also slip covers available for sofas and loveseats. These covers allow for easy cleaning and replacing if necessary. Slipcovers would be best served if you have a family room with a lot of activity and children. Another quick solution is to flip the cushion over. Flipping your cushions is best whether you have stains or wear, as this will keep the cushion from settling in certain areas.
Common Stains and How to Clean Them
Blotting is the best cleaning technique when removing stains. Always be gentle when rubbing or cleaning fabric as not to wear or tear the area. A few of the most common stains would be
- Coffee – a damp cloth to area immediately will catch these tough stains before they sink in
- Chocolate – Hydrogen Peroxide is great for removing chocolate when fresh or dried
- Gum – use a plastic scraper and gently scrape the gum, then blot cleaning the area
- Grease or Blood- apply gently with ammonia or vinegar
- Ketchup and Mustard – blot with baking soda and water mixture
- Alcohol – blot the stain with a sponge and vinegar
- Ink – sponge with a litre detergent first, then if not successful try hair spray or rubbing alcohol
- Mildew – dry brush are first, then sponge with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Read more about how to cleaning your walls
Your household products are great for getting those tough stains and less likely to damage your fabric. With Vinegar’s high acidity makes stains fade away until they disappear. Lemon Juice is good substitute if you are out of vinegar. Baking Soda can be viewed as the miracle powder for removing stains. Ammonia is similar to hydrogen peroxide for the most stubborn stains. Table salt when mixed well with water is mild abrasive stain remover for the tougher fabrics. Some stubborn stains may take several small steps to get them to disappear, so be patient.